Protect yourself against unwanted solicitation.
Unwanted solicitation can be annoying, irritating, frustrating, and disruptive. Let’s face it, we all get a little perturbed when a stranger interrupts our day to ask us for business. It generally sends us into a fight-or-flight pattern. We either duck and run when we see the door-to-door salesperson coming or we get ready to give them a piece of our mind. We either ignore the ringing phone or we answer just to tell them to buzz off. We delete the email prior to reading it or we reply with a leave me alone sentiment.
Obviously, these individuals are simply trying to do their job. Albeit inconvenient, they are generally harmless. Most of us probably have worked in sales or know someone who’s worked in sales. It’s not an easy job, but someone has to do it. However, you don’t need to subject yourself to all the interruptions. There are several ways to protect yourself against unwanted solicitation.
Display a “No Solicitation” sign on your door.
This is a simple way to prevent door-to-door salespeople from ringing your doorbell. These signs indicate your preference to not be disturbed. Unfortunately, they will not deter all salespeople or campaigners. It is still an effective way to display your wishes.
Use email filters, blocklists, and unsubscribe.
Enable spam filters on your email service provider. These filters can automatically identify and redirect spam messages out of your inbox. You can also block specific email addresses or unsubscribe to solicitation emails. Solicitors are required to provide an opt-out option on email solicitations.
Register with the Do Not Call Registry and Opt-Out of Pre-Screened offers.
You can add your phone number to the Federal Do Not Call Registry. This will cut down on the number of unsolicited sales calls from actual sales companies. It does not prevent calls from government agencies, non-profit agencies, or spam calls. Government and non-profits are protected and spam calls are not legitimate or regulated company entities.
You can also opt-out of pre-screened offers. These offers generally come at you from all angles after your credit has been pulled. Credit burrows sell your information to multiple companies. These are often referred to as trigger leads. If your credit is pulled as part of your mortgage application, the credit burrow sells your information. You’ll likely receive numerous calls, emails, flyers, and text messages about mortgage interest rates. To prevent this, you need to opt-out of pre-screened offers at least two weeks before your credit is pulled.
Resources to help you protect yourself against unwanted solicitation.
Learn more about the Federal Do Not Call Registry and sign up: https://www.donotcall.gov/
Learn more or report a violation of your consumer protection rights: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/ConsumerProtection.aspx
Learn more about opting-out of pre-screened credit offers and sign up: https://www.optoutprescreen.com/
Stampfli Mortgage’s stance on unwanted solicitation.
At Stampfli Mortgage, we believe you, your time, and your privacy are all important. We will never sell your information to another individual or organization for any reason. We do pull credit during the mortgage process, this can lead to credit bureaus selling your information. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to prevent this from occurring.
We do utilize phone, text, email, and mail communications to convey information during the loan process. We also follow up periodically after the loan closes. We encourage our clients to inform us if they prefer less communication.
Additionally, Stampfli Mortgage does not purchase trigger leads. This form of solicitation does not mirror our values. We rely on referrals and recommendations from our past clients to continue to grow our business. We are extremely grateful for all of the support we have received over the years!